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By Jaimy Lee | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
While overall sales of the da Vinci Surgical System are on the decline, a number of small and rural hospitals are considering acquiring the pricey machine, believing it will help them attract and retain surgeons and appeal to patients.
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By Beth Kutscher | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Fewer deals and higher prices was the prevailing theme across the four healthcare industry sectors tracked in Modern Healthcare's first-quarter M&A Watch report for 2014.
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By Sabriya Rice | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Some hospital systems working to improve performance have turned the phrase "in a rut" into a constructive concept as they institute protocols to improve the consistency and efficiency of healthcare for patients.
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Late News
By Rebecca Kern | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With governor races in 36 states this fall, new faces in several governors' chairs could influence those states' stances on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act implementation and Medicaid expansion.
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By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The American Hospital Association is lobbying the CMS Innovation Center to make it easier for accountable care organizations to earn Medicare bonuses and delay potential penalties.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare reported stronger revenue for its second quarter, thanks primarily to its acquisition of a large physician practice group. Helped along by an influx of $395.4 million in
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The Week Ahead
By Andis Robeznieks | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Moving into management traditionally was seen as a way for physicians to ease into retirement. But physician executives now are in high demand. They are being recruited to lead delivery-system reforms as insurers and providers shift to paying for value rather than volume.
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By Jaimy Lee | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Attendees at the National Rural Health Association annual meeting this week in Las Vegas will hear a lot about recent closures of rural hospitals in states such as Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.
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Regional News
By Rachel Landen | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Tufts Medical Center, Boston, and Lowell (Mass.) General Hospital are partnering to form a health system to encourage collaboration between academic teaching hospitals and community-based providers.
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By Paul Demko | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A political battle looms over whether regulators in the nation's most populous state will have the authority to reject proposed health insurance rate increases, a power that could make a difference in the fate of the Obamacare insurance exchanges.
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By Associated Press | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Federal health officials have agreed to funnel $2 billion to Florida hospitals and providers that serve uninsured patients for another year.
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News
By Paul Demko | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Higher-than-expected enrollment, lower-than-expected premiums and subsidy costs, and increased interest from insurers made last week a good one for Obamacare, leaving Republican critics scrambling to figure out how to respond.
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By Joe Carlson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
HHS' Office of the Inspector General recommended last week that the CMS seek congressional approval to pay the same rates for surgeries in hospital outpatient departments that Medicare pays for procedures done by freestanding ambulatory surgery centers.
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By Rachel Landen | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals and health plans should serve as front-line resources on price transparency for patients, while employers and the government also should help, according to a report by a coalition of groups led by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
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By Sabriya Rice | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The high prices of some cancer drugs drew attention from oncologists last week. Two National Cancer Institute researchers wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine that steep prices make it difficult or impossible to conduct randomized trials comparing the effectiveness of different therapies.
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By Andis Robeznieks | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Patients are returning to the healthcare system after several years of “self-rationing,” as reflected in a 3.2% increase in 2013 prescription-drug expenditures to $329.2 billion, according to a new report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
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By Modern Healthcare
In healthcare facility design, top priority goes to an environment that's truly conducive to healing and provides maximum functionality for staff. Resource efficiency and architecture that complements a facility's setting are also essential.
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By Modern Healthcare
Today's rapidly changing healthcare environment demands every organization—whether provider, insurer, supplier or advocacy group—reach the public with a clear and impactful message communicating their goal of delivering or contributing to higher quality, more affordable and more...
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Cover Story
By Jaimy Lee | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
While overall sales of the da Vinci Surgical System are on the decline, a number of small and rural hospitals are considering acquiring the pricey machine, believing it will help them attract and retain surgeons and appeal to patients.
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Features
By Beth Kutscher | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Fewer deals and higher prices was the prevailing theme across the four healthcare industry sectors tracked in Modern Healthcare's first-quarter M&A Watch report for 2014.
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By Sabriya Rice | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Some hospital systems working to improve performance have turned the phrase "in a rut" into a constructive concept as they institute protocols to improve the consistency and efficiency of healthcare for patients.
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Editorial
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With the Obama administration taking a victory lap after achieving its first-year goals for health insurance sign-ups, it's as good a time as any for reviewing its performance on all the reforms contained in the Affordable Care Act.
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Guest Commentary
By Dr. Robert E. Harbaugh | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Later this year, the CMS will start publishing data listing monetary interactions between physicians and biomedical companies as part of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. What will the headlines say?
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Letters
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In the April 14 issue, Merrill Goozner’s editorial, noting the potential value of the release by the CMS of individual physician payments, is immediately followed by a guest editorial from
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Q&A
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Markus Meier, assistant director for healthcare enforcement in the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, discusses the agency's view of accountable care organizations, hospital mergers and acquisitions activity, and drugmakers' pay-for-delay agreements.
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By the Numbers

A list of the nation's 10 largest investor-owned, for-profit hospital chains, ranked by 2013 revenue as reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Source: Modern Healthcare reporting. Published April 21, 2014, p. 30.
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News Makers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Judith Persichilli will be retiring from CHE Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich., as of May 1.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
After nearly seven years as senior VP and president of health and wellness at Wal-Mart Stores, Dr. John Agwunobi resigned from the position this month.
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Data Points
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
How many non-elderly Americans will have health insurance in 2014 because of Obamacare? Read Data Points and find out.
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Outliers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Recovering from jet lag is just a numbers game. That's the word from researchers at the University of Michigan who've calculated the optimal way to help passengers adjust as they journey across time zones. Naturally, they've also created a related smartphone app to aid weary travelers.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Have you ever wanted to poke your spouse with pins and needles? Or perhaps, blast them with unbearably loud sounds? No? Well, more than 100 married couples in a new study did something like that. But it turns out they were just hungry.
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Corrections and Clarifications
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In "Proton-beam centers sprout despite evidence drought", Blue Shield of California was incorrectly identified.
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